One of the major shifts we’re experiencing in our culture is an acceptance of intuitive awareness as valid. We see it in the media, with all the shows about mediums and channeling; we see it in the scientific research – just this week, an article was published about how computers may be used to mimic telepathic communication; we see it in the growing numbers of people learning to rely on angels and spirit guides for help and wisdom.
The meaning of the word Intuition is “teaching from within” and most spiritual teachers across the ages have suggested that much of what we really need to know we can find by “going within” or “entering the Silence.”
For developing our intuition, I teach a class on expanding intuitive awareness based on a few simple principles, some of which are:
- our intuitive senses match our physical senses – if we learn best by seeing things in the world around us, then we’ll “see” things intuitively; same for sensing (touch or physical feeling), taste, smell, or hearing (the “still small voice”);
- we must stop our usual thought processes and physical sensing for a time to be able to experience our intuitive senses – through meditation, contemplation of beauty, sensual overload, or completing the “releasing the past” process, above – to enter the silence (“be still and know…”);
- our culture has trained us to ignore our intuitive senses, so we have to rediscover them, which takes some practice, which means to take time to be quiet frequently, and when we’re quiet we may have a felt sense, an urge to do something, or we may have a stray thought or image–and though our normal reaction is to ignore it and wait for something clearer, we need to act on that thought, that image, that urge, without censoring, changing, or trying to make sense of it, in order to begin to undo the old habit of ignoring (we often hear a psychic say “this doesn’t make sense but…” followed by the client saying “oh yes!”);
- an important reinforcement is to document – in a journal or email – every time we see results (that is, every time we follow an urge or a thought and it leads us to something we desire).
If you can begin to do some of these things, it will help.